Trump campaigned on a message that immigrants (both legal and illegal) are a threat to our democracy and economy. Read moreLessons from the Judgment of the Nations
There was a lot I could have said, and wanted to say, about American politics these last couple months when I wasn’t writing my column. Read moreNow is the time to get angry
Four years ago, I wrote a column about the 2012 Summer Olympics in London – specifically, about the women competing from patriarchal, conservative cultures like Saudi Arabia. That year, Saudi Arabia was required by the IOC to send two women to the games, so they did. Begrudgingly. The two female competitors had to walk behind the men at the opening ceremony, and media in their home countries called them names like “Olympic prostitute.” Read moreThe hidden dangers of outrage
A man and a woman are on a first date. Conversation starts off strong with the first glass of wine, then starts to lag between dinner and dessert. The woman starts to cycle through all of the dating advice she’s consumed over the years: Be yourself. Don’t talk about ex-boyfriends or your depressed cat. Find something you have in common. Read moreWhy fear mongering works
One takeaway from this year’s DNC: Democrats sure know how to give a speech. The Obamas, in particular, know how to give a speech. History will remember them both fondly, for the speeches and for many other things. Given his calm confidence on stage, Obama seemed to know this, and that knowledge will carry him through the rest of his life, however he chooses to spend it. Read moreWhich political party represents the real America?
The “Black Lives Matter” movement – arising in 2012 in response to police violence against people of color – is not anti-white. It’s not “reverse racism.” It’s not anti-cop, either. Read moreWhat’s at the heart of Black Lives Matter?
About this time in the long-ago year of 2001, I began my quest to find universities to which I wanted to apply. I visited many websites and a handful of campuses. Read moreHow not to pick a college
“Honesty” is, and always has been, one of humanity’s most celebrated qualities. The assumption of honesty in our fellow humans greases the wheels of society and allows us to get stuff done. If we believed everyone was lying 100 percent of the time, we’d never get married, make business deals, employ each other, order food at a restaurant, have friends, etc. Read moreFiction more interesting than facts
In his published letter to the editor in response to my column “Making the case for Trump,” Ed Nicholson did raise a valid point (among many others with which I heartily disagree). Read moreIt's hard to make a case for Trump
Many people smarter than me have said it: Donald Trump has a pretty good chance of being the Republican nominee for president. It’s terrifying; it’s maddening; it’s a train wreck you can’t look away from. Read moreMaking the case for Trump
A few weeks ago, I wrote a column that made the case for Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president. Now, in a continuing effort to figure out how to vote in the Pennsylvania primaries, I want to make the case for Bernie Sanders. Read moreMaking the case for Bernie
There’s a lot to like about Bernie Sanders, if you’re a left-leaning person. He has the right things to say about the issues liberals care about: income inequality, joblessness, healthcare, education, defense spending…and, importantly, he says them in a way that doesn’t feel inauthentic. He seems to believe every word he says in a deep and meaningful way. Read moreMaking the case for Hillary
I admit, I held my breath before diving into the comments about Obama’s new executive orders on the Herald-Standard Facebook page. Because these orders were about guns and gun safety, I was ready to find some very, very angry gun owners. Read moreMost Americans agree with Obama
This morning I caught the end of a heartbreaking conversation on the radio.
In it, two Muslim women—both American-born citizens—discussed the ways they have changed their behavior to comfort their suddenly very fearful neighbors. Read moreTrump isn't a strong leader
You don’t need me to tell you: There is a lot going on in America right now. Two mass public shootings since Thanksgiving. More ridiculous political theater from Donald Trump, in which he mocked the movements of a journalist with physical disabilities…unapologetically and in public. Read moreSchool loans leads to crushing debt
It is not too difficult to understand concerns about accepting Syrian refugees into America. It really isn’t. Some are quick to call those who would refuse refugees racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, or just plain dumb, but that’s unproductive. Read moreWe can't let fear rule us
Last week, I called my dad with a question:
“Do you ever feel like you’re living in the wrong time?” Read moreLiving in the wrong time
Many parents know this already: childcare is expensive. Very expensive. Read moreWhy is childcare so expensive?
Here we go again.
Another month, and another mass shooting. With this latest tragedy, at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday, 10 people have died, and there is a clear numbness in our reaction. We are not particularly shocked. Read moreHow numb can we become?
This week, a sad thing happened: Ahmed Mohamed, aged 14, engineered a clock in his spare time, brought it to school to show it off to his teachers, and by the end of the day, had been interrogated by police, taken to juvenile detention, and made into an Internet celebrity. Read moreWhat's happening in US today?
Lately, I hear more and more stories about a lot of patrons who do not to tip their servers and bartenders. Read moreServers need tips to live on